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    September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    What is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? Did you know that over 23 million children are obese or overweight in the United States? National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a yearly campaign with the goal of letting individuals know the health hazards of obesity, particularly for children. Approximately one third of children in the U.S. are at risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. But, with the knowledge and proper resources, we can make these statistics and the health of our children better. Several organizations and professionals will be joining together especially this month to raise money, conduct research, and provide treatment to help battle childhood obesity.…

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    Do you like a lot of sauce on your food? Here’s how your teeth are taking it

    It’s hard to resist dipping french fries in ketchup, adding a extra dressing on salad, or smothering steak in steak sauce. After all, all we crave is a little added taste for our food. Ketchup is basically crushed tomatoes, right? Actually, one bottle of ketchup contains approximately 33 teaspoons of sugar!  One of the main reasons why sauce is unhealthy and bad for your teeth is due to the added sugars and acidity of the sauces. The acid weakens your enamel, while the added sugars feed bacteria in your mouth. Both of these elements ultimately result in an increased prevalence of cavities. In addition to the negative effects on your…

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    To pick or not to pick?

    You may see these little wooden toothpicks in restaurants across your city, either by the register or on the table. Although you may feel tempted to grab one and pry food debris between your teeth, you may not be doing your gums and teeth a favor by doing so! Here are some reasons why tooth picking is a bad habit: It irritates your gums. People could be very harsh when trying to get food debris from in between their teeth. As a result, they may also end up picking their gums too harshly to the point where they are red and inflamed. If this is the case, stop picking your…

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    Do you have dry mouth like a desert? Here’s why

    Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, happens when salivary glands in your mouth do not produce enough saliva. If you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel the need to drink water- only to find that you still have a ‘dry feeling’ afterwards. Having a dry mouth may result in bad breath, a dry tongue, difficulty swallowing, and a general unpleasant feeling. Causes of dry mouth: Medications Side effects of several medications, including over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers, may include dry mouth. Tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use Reducing tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use is not only beneficial for your overall health, but also will reduce dry mouth. Certain health conditions…

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    Toothpaste: what type and how much?

    It is easy to be overwhelmed at the convenience store, where the stacks of toothpaste in the aisles leave you wondering if you are really using the right type of toothpaste for your needs. You finally decide on a toothpaste tube, only to go home and question whether you are using the right amount. Follow the tips below to end your worries! Prevent tooth decay: opt for a toothpaste which contains sodium fluoride as an active ingredient. Fluoride aids in the enamel remineralization process caused by tooth decay. By using a toothpaste which contains fluoride, you are preventing tooth decay! Prevent sensitivity: opt for a toothpaste which contains potassium nitrate.…

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    Does drinking with a straw protect your teeth?

    Are you concerned about tooth decay or staining, but are having trouble giving up your daily orange juice? It is okay to drink soda or juice in moderation! On the occasions where you do consume these drinks, something as simple as using a straw when you drink soda, juice, or coffee could prevent tooth decay and staining. Using a straw essentially creates a direct ‘funnel’ for the acidic, sugary beverages and minimizes contact of the liquid on your teeth. Here are some tips: Straw placement matters. Place the straw past your teeth so that it’s not in direct contact with your teeth. Don’t keep the soda, juice, or wine in…

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    February is American Heart Month!

    Did you know that heart disease is the MAIN cause of death of both women and men in the United States? Heart disease is the reason behind 25% of deaths each year,  which is why the American Heart Association is working so hard to increase awareness during February, American Heart Month. Although these statistics may seem scary, it’s easy to prevent heart disease if you make healthy choices! For instance, use spices instead of salt to add flavor to your food, and prioritize physical exercise. Other health tips include scheduling regular visits with your doctor, eating healthy foods, avoiding smoking, and taking medication if needed. If you are obese or…

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    Cure Bad Breath To Be Happy!

    Did you know that one of the keys to happiness is curing bad breath? According to a study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, those who suffered from halitosis, or bad breath, were twice as unhappy as those who didn’t and experienced 500% more negative encounters than those without the same problem. Bad breath is a common problem usually caused by food particles getting stuck between teeth or bacteria that coat your tongue. This issue not only impacts your oral health, but also your psychology, including self-esteem and confidence. It makes sense that you may be a little shy to speak confidently when your breath doesn’t smell the greatest! This…

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    Health Problems Linked To Gum Disease

    Did you know that gum disease, or periodontitis, is linked to many other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s? Recently, researchers have found even more connections between periodontitis and health issues, including the following 1. Erectile Dysfunction Connected by inflammation Untreated bleeding gums and teeth can lead to tooth decay and loss Bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and damage blood vessels ED is caused by impaired blood flow in the penis Gum disease is a causative clinical condition of ED 53% of males with ED had severe periodontal disease, compared to the 23% of those who did not have ED 2. Low Testosterone Levels Chronic periodontitis could have…

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    Avoid Marijuana To Prevent Periodontal Disease

    Your oral health isn’t only determined by your brushing habits and diets – it’s also affected by your everyday habits. You’ve probably heard that smoking cigarettes is an unhealthy habit that can harm more than just your mouth. But did you know that smoking marijuana, an illicit drug used by over 22 million Americans in the past month and particularly common among adolescents, (based on a survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted in 2014) also leads to oral and overall health problems? According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers from Arizona State University showed that periodontal disease, which is caused by infection and inflammation of the gums and bone…